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Three train stops from Nice in the direction of Monaco is Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

It’s a lovely spot with some very expensive real estate.

On a small peninsula at the end of Rue Gustave Eiffel is Villa Kerylos. The street is named after Eiffel because he lived in his own villa next door.

Built between 1902 and 1908, Villa Kerylos was a house built in the style of an ancient Greek villa.

Its owner Theodore Reinach and his architect Emmanuel Pontremoli replicated in exquisite detail a second century BC villa from the city of Delos. It is now a national monument owned by the Institute de France.

The interiors are equally authentic. This is the library which is based upon one discovered in Herculaneum.

Reinach had all the furniture made by French craftsmen to Greek designs.

Some pieces, like this chair, were based on decorations discovered on ancient Greek vases.

The villa features incredible mosaic floors like this one.

This one features a labyrinth and depicts Theseus slaying the Minotaur.

There was also quite an impressive marble bath.

A bedroom.

Both master bedrooms feature their own ensuite bathrooms with carved marble baths.

The gardens have marvelous views. Across the bay is St Jean Cap Ferrat. It might seem odd to build a Greek villa in France but in fact Beaulieu-sur-Mer was originally an ancient Greek port settlement called Anao.

Monaco is that direction. We like the pink house with the teal shutters. If ever we win the Euro Millions lottery…

Back in the village was a busy market.

We had lunch in Beaulieu-sur-Mer before heading back to Nice in the afternoon.

 

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